The Keepsake Quilting retail store grounds came alive with quilting, color creativity, and new ideas as QuiltFest 2015 showcased the best in all styles of quilts from around the country.
We were amazed and impressed by the mix of styles and techniques within quilts. Clearly quilters don’t let boundaries stop them! We had traditional patterns in modern colors, modern piecing with traditional quilting, modern piecing with traditional applique… I loved seeing quilters take whatever they needed from whatever niche of the quilting world to make a quilt that’s uniquely their own.
First place winner was Kim Gregoire with “Sunflowers”. She took an older pattern (which she had bought at Keepsake– yay us!) and made it her own by enlarging one detail of the pattern quite a bit. The results are gorgeous!
Not that the other winners were too far behind! Carmen Weeks’s beauty “Red Star Bouquet” took second place, and “Pomegranates” Linda Miner won third.
We also had two Honorable Mentions: “Listen to the Stories They Tell” by Jennifer Carson, and “The Year of the Sunflowers” by Cynthia Zoller. Clearly, sunflowers are a current fave for quilters!
The Ladies of the Lake quilt guild from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire showcased their raffle quilt. (See how well the piecing and applique compliment each other?) Keepsake always like supporting local groups, especially when they do work this lovely.
Keepsake Quilting retail store manager Deb Comeau and her team worked their tails off before, during, and after the show to keep everything running smoothly. Congratulations- you guys did a great job! I hope you took a well-deserved rest afterwards.
I’ll close with one of my favorite images: a selection of the beautiful quilts on display (I’ve always wanted to try a star quilt but never had the nerve– maybe this will inspire me!) We’ll be back next year, so watch for your chance to participate in QuiltFest 2016!